"Wanted" (CD Single)

 
Sweet country song about young love; clean, arty video.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's no mistake about Hayes' unwavering devotion in these lyrics. As important is his message of inner beauty: "Anyone can tell you you're pretty/You get that all the time, I know you do/But your beauty's deeper than the makeup/And I wanna show you what I see tonight."

Positive role models

Lyrics are about giving rather than taking: "As good as you make me feel, I wanna make you feel better/Better than your fairy tales, better than your best dreams...I wanna make you feel wanted."

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Romantic, not sultry, lyrics: "'Cause I wanna wrap you up/Wanna kiss your lips...Wanna hold your hand forever/Never let you forget it/Yeah, I wanna make you feel wanted."

Language
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Consumerism

Hayes' musical career started very early, so he's made numerous stage and TV appearances, including on Nickelodeon's series Figure It Out. He's also been named brand ambassador for Martin acoustic guitars.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Wanted" is about young love in its most innocent state. It's about cherishing someone -- and the overriding desire to express one's devotion to make them feel wanted. There's little sexy stuff here, so it's appropriate for older tweens and up. The video shows Hayes playing piano and riding a motorcycle with his sweetheart; it also shows that the love is mutual, rather than being a one-sided obsession.

What's the story?

"Wanted" is the second single from the self-titled debut studio album by country singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes. Hayes wrote (or co-wrote) every song, played every instrument, and sang every vocal track on the entire album. The Louisiana native began playing accordion at age 2. By 4, he performed at concerts with country music legends such as Hank Williams, Jr., and on national TV. Hayes is also an opening act for country megastars Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

"Wanted" is touching and just might be the (country) song we'd all love to fall in love with. The music starts with a simple, repeating piano riff that's almost hypnotic, then builds with a swirling passion that matches the heartfelt lyrics. Hayes' musical talent is clear -- he wrote the song and played every instrument -- and he's likely to make an impact on the world of country music and beyond.  The accompanying black and white video is tasteful with artistic splashes of red accents; and no sexy stuff here, just pure, simple, images of love.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of balance in relationships. Consider how Hayes plays with the word "wanted:" "You're all I ever wanted...I wanna make you feel wanted." What can happen when one person gives, or takes, more than the other? How about when there's equal give-and-take? Which kind of relationship might be the most healthy and successful?

  • Hayes began playing music at a very young age, and has become a well-respected musician before he's even turned 21. Discuss the focus it takes to become so accomplished at such a young age. In what other areas do people start early and excel at by a young age (sports, academics, the arts)?

  • This video is filmed in black and white with certain images (words, a rose, a woman's lips) accented in red. Discuss why the video's director chose this approach and ask what the red, stand-out images symbolize.

Music details

Artist:Hunter Hayes
Release date:August 1, 2012
Type:Album
Label:Atlantic
Genre:Country
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 July 2, 2013
age 8+
 

Sweet Song About Love

I was surprised by how much I liked this song. It's really sweet, and Hunter is a surprisingly good singer. I don't think there's anything inappropriate in it, either, so anyone can hear it.
Kid, 11 years old May 25, 2013
age 11+
 

A favorite

This is my favorite song. It's a clean song, and it has positive messages in it. Listen to it, it's really good.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written bymusic fan2.0 September 5, 2012
age 11+
 

a good way to make ur special woman fell wanted

well i was lisening to this song one day and i love it it was so sweet how he tells his girl exactly how he feels and yes i am a guy and yes i am strate and i think this is a lovely expresion of love twords o woman or man i just lobe this song lol
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